Despite various state laws, do you still TEXT or TALK on your cell phone while driving?

PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
I live in a state that passed legislation two years ago in which it is against the law to TEXT and/or TALK on a cell phone while driving.

But for some reason, I still find drivers using their cell phones (in their hand against their ear) while driving. I just wonder if you feel it is dangerous to talk/text while driving, or that maybe you don't feel there is really any problem and, therefore, accept that there is no-fault in the matter?

I also realize there are some states which have not passed such laws and you may be in one, but for the purpose of this Poll and in the interest of safer driving, how do you feel.

I've made this poll private, to enlist your honest response, because I believe you unconsciously could be contributing to this ongoing behavior.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, and I will NOT stop until I get caught!
2
Sometimes, but not intentionally
13
I don't think it is a big deal despite the law
2
Only in case of an emergency
7
No, I do not TEXT/TALK while driving
19
I pull off the road and stop to place my call
8
My state HAS a law, but no one enforces it!
9
My state does NOT have such a law
1
I don't use my cell phone while driving, but I see other drivers use their cell phone
15
It's hard to enforce such laws
4
I think it is dangerous to ALL drivers
28
Other
7
Total votes: 115 (48 voters)
Poll is closed
06/04/2013
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I live in WA, where the ban went into effect in 2007. It was the year I got my license

In high school, when I had my enV as a cell phone, I could easily text and drive on the outside number pad. I wouldn't even have to look at my screen and my phone would read my texts out loud. I would text and drive all the time. Now that I have my iPhone, I can't text and drive at ALL. It's too difficult and I get too distracted. I don't talk on my phone and drive at all either if I can help it. If I must take the call, I put it on speaker phone and set it down.
06/04/2013
eri86 eri86
I don't make calls, and nor do I answer when I'm driving. I'll check a recieved text at a red light, but I won't send any.
06/04/2013
evanescentowl evanescentowl
I'm from WA too, where they have the ban. I don't text anyways, and only make calls to my parents.

The few times I've been on my phone "driving" (I say that because it's when traffic is literally not moving) it's been because of an accident and I don't want my parents to worry about me getting back to university or back home late.
06/04/2013
melissa1973 melissa1973
In Ohio we too have the ban, I see people on theirs everyday and the cops won't do anything about it. I leave my cell phone at home.
06/04/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
I do it sometimes. I mostly text when I'm at a stop light Phone I will do most of the time. But I don't talk to much on it.
06/04/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
I use the speaker phone option and turn the radio off if I have to talk.
06/04/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Florida JUST got their ban passed into law.

I'm surprised people don't remember what happened a couple of years ago. A giant fireball erupted on an overpass on my island because some stupid teenager was texting while driving and hit a tanker truck. This was after her third warning from the cops about texting and driving ... pity that the only way she could learn her lesson was to take the tanker driver with her. The concrete and steel of the bridge melted, and that overpass had to be shut down for a month to be replaced. Her parents still had the nerve to sue the tanker company.

Me - I don't even have a phone, and I wouldn't do something that distracting, anyway. Nobody has that much access to me now and they still won't if I ever get one.
06/04/2013
Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
I used to sometimes.. But not intentionally. Whenever a cop would drive near, I'd quickly hang up... Yeah, no more.
06/04/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I talk on my cell phone...and sometimes even text, but ONLY at stop lights. I don't know how people text when they're actually in motion.
06/04/2013
Mr. John Mr. John
If I need to text for some reason, I would only do so when I've pulled over. When talking, I use a Bluetooth external speaker.
06/04/2013
RedFreak RedFreak
i don't have a cell phone but i don't think anyone should do that
06/04/2013
friendswithfangs friendswithfangs
I will talk on the phone if I need to, though I won't linger, and if I'm somewhere confusing or busy I generally hang up. I text at red lights sometimes.
06/04/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
My state does have a law and it's sometimes enforced. They gave my boyfriend a ticket recently.
06/04/2013
married with children married with children
I will text the wife back if she needs something while I am driving. But other then that, I try not to play on the phone while driving.
06/04/2013
laflauta laflauta
If I'm moving, I'll only answer calls and put them on speakerphone. If my car isn't moving (like at a light), I'll make dial a number or type a quick text.
06/04/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by evanescentowl
I'm from WA too, where they have the ban. I don't text anyways, and only make calls to my parents.

The few times I've been on my phone "driving" (I say that because it's when traffic is literally not moving) it's ... More
I respect your situation where you have stopped and NO traffic is moving.
06/04/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
In case of emergency or when waiting at a long light
06/04/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Florida JUST got their ban passed into law.

I'm surprised people don't remember what happened a couple of years ago. A giant fireball erupted on an overpass on my island because some stupid teenager was texting while driving and hit a ... More
Wow, what a story! Therein lies the hypocrisy of someone causing the accident and then blaming someone else! In today's society, there are so many people who DO NOT taking responsibility for their actions; but bold enough to put the blame on someone else. That attitude is a stain on our society.
06/04/2013
never shy never shy
I only talk while driving but it is legal to talk in my state
06/04/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by married with children
I will text the wife back if she needs something while I am driving. But other then that, I try not to play on the phone while driving.
Well, its a matter of following the LAW; period! It's NOT just a matter of whether or not you are "playing" on the phone, but it is still wrong even when "the wife needs something" while you are driving. The law is the law! How can there be such an exception in the Law, while you are driving under those circumstances? I don't think so!
06/04/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I live in a state that passed legislation two years ago in which it is against the law to TEXT and/or TALK on a cell phone while driving.

But for some reason, I still find drivers using their cell phones (in their hand against their ear) ... More
I will text at a stop sign or stop light, because I can do it without really looking at my phone and can keep an eye on the light simultaneously. I'm not confident enough in my driving to talk or text while the vehicle is actually moving, and wouldn't do so even if it were permitted.
06/04/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I never text and drive and I will only answer a call to say I am driving I will call you back. I learned my lesson long time ago talking and trying to drive I almost got into a accident and I ended up getting one of those speakers that your phone sits in.
06/04/2013
LoveX LoveX
I don't do it very often. I live in a very rural farm area, so there is virtually no traffic, strait roads etc, so I will talk on the phone. But I don't text, and I don't do any of it while in town.
06/04/2013
wicked48 wicked48
I'm not coordinated enough to talk/text while I drive!
06/04/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I never text and drive and I will only answer a call to say I am driving I will call you back. I learned my lesson long time ago talking and trying to drive I almost got into a accident and I ended up getting one of those speakers that your phone ... More
THANK YOU! YOU MADE MY POINT!!
06/04/2013
jr2012 jr2012
I don't, but I usually put my bag with my phone inside of it in the back seat in case I get tempted.

Some days, it feels like EVERYONE is taking/texting and driving!
06/05/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I live in a state that passed legislation two years ago in which it is against the law to TEXT and/or TALK on a cell phone while driving.

But for some reason, I still find drivers using their cell phones (in their hand against their ear) ... More
Whether it's a law in my state or not (don't know if it is), I have more respect for other's and their LIVES than to put them in danger. I mean, for one, I care about putting myself and my passengers in danger, but when I see people yacking on the phone while driving, I sometimes think 'well, if you don't care enough about yourself to put the dang phone done for a minute, at least give a crap about other people on the road.' I know it's not the worst thing you can do while driving, but I tend to err on the super cautious side when it comes to driving. You just can't ever be too careful. There's TOO MUCH to risk. So many accidents that take lives, why ever put yourself and others at risk when you don't have to?

I've answered my phone while driving if it was one of the kids and I was on my way to pick them up or something, but most of the times I have answered it, I've had my partner pick it up and hold it to my ear -- so I don't even take either hand off the wheel. Nowdays though, I don't answer it at all. If it rings, it can wait.
06/05/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Florida JUST got their ban passed into law.

I'm surprised people don't remember what happened a couple of years ago. A giant fireball erupted on an overpass on my island because some stupid teenager was texting while driving and hit a ... More
Sadly no matter how the accident happens people ALWAYS try making it the truckers fault


I text at red lights and stop signs and only talk on the phone with my Bluetooth.


When I had my old phone where you have to push the keys so many times to get the letter you wanted I could text now issue and had it down to where the letters were and how many times I had to hit the key to get it. Now with my iPhone its a little harder so I just text at red lights and stop signs
06/05/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I live in a state that passed legislation two years ago in which it is against the law to TEXT and/or TALK on a cell phone while driving.

But for some reason, I still find drivers using their cell phones (in their hand against their ear) ... More
I try not to, but I occasionally find myself sending a "driving" text because people start going crazy in their texts if you don't answer for like an hour.
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